Archive for January, 2013

President asked to revise Indonesia’s draft tobacco control regulation

President asked to revise Indonesia’s draft tobacco control regulation

| January 3, 2013

Tobacco industry lobbyists have urged the Indonesian President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to revise the draft government regulation (RPP) on tobacco control, according to a story in the Jakarta Post. The lobbyists say that the president should take into account the opinions of all stakeholders before signing the draft. The Indonesian Tobacco Growers Association (APTI) chairman, […]

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Quit apps downloaded 60,000 times

Quit apps downloaded 60,000 times

| January 3, 2013

Two smart-phone applications aimed at helping smokers kick their habit have been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being released last year, according to an APNnews story. The apps, called Quit Now: My Quit Buddy and Quit for You, Quit for Two, were said to be ‘just some of the tools’ being used by the […]

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Court decision something to chew on

Court decision something to chew on

| January 2, 2013

The High Court of the Indian state of Kerala has struck down a ban on the sale of chewing tobacco that had been based on provisions of a food safety and standards act, according to a story in the Hindu Online. The high court’s decision was issued on December 20 on a writ petition filed […]

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Manufacture, sale and use of chewing tobacco outlawed in Odisha

Manufacture, sale and use of chewing tobacco outlawed in Odisha

| January 2, 2013

The government of the Indian state of Odisha is introducing a state-wide ban on the manufacture, sale and use of guthka and chewing tobacco containing nicotine, according to an Indian Express story. In announcing the ban, the Health and Family Welfare Minister, Damodar Rout, said the Supreme Court and different high courts had earlier directed […]

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‘Alarming new trend’ in Malaysia’s contraband cigarette saga

‘Alarming new trend’ in Malaysia’s contraband cigarette saga

| January 2, 2013

Counterfeit versions of local cigarette brands are being sold nationwide in Malaysia at half the market price, according to a story by Eileen Ng for The Star and Asian News Network. The counterfeits sell for between RM2.50 and RM5.00 for a pack of 20, far below the minimum price of RM7.00. In describing the counterfeits […]

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Sri Lanka to introduce graphic warnings

Sri Lanka to introduce graphic warnings

| January 2, 2013

Graphic health warnings are to be included on cigarette packs sold in Sri Lanka, according to the Daily News quoting the country’s health ministry. The Health Minister, Maithiripala Sirisena, said the gazette notification of the warnings requirement would be published in March. He was quoted as saying that he would not be influenced to change […]

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One smoking club perk might be use of cigarette making machine

One smoking club perk might be use of cigarette making machine

| January 2, 2013

Owners of several tobacco shops that charged customers to use $35,000 cigarette-making machines until changes in US federal law made the practice illegal are looking to establish private smoking clubs, according to a story by Tom Fontaine for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Like other fraternal organizations, the non-profit smoking clubs would require members to pay dues, […]

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